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May 31, 2007

Cool Neurotainment Video Game Systems Emerging

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Posted by Zack Lynch

It was only a matter of time that the $28 billion video game industry latched on to neurosensing technologies and tied them to futuristic video games.

2_0prod5.jpgEmotiv Systems has developed a new interface for human computer interaction. Project Epoc is basically a beautifully designed EEG system that connects wirelessly with all game platforms from consoles to PCs. Neurosky is another developer of sexy brain sensorware that collects brainwave signals, eye movements, and other bio-signals which are captured and amplified via their patented dry-active sensor technology. While NeuroSky's headset has one electrode, Emotiv Systems has developed a gel-free headset with 18 sensors. Besides monitoring basic changes in mood and focus, Emotiv's bulkier headset detects brain waves indicating smiles, blinks, laughter, even conscious thoughts and unconscious emotions. Players can kick or punch their video game opponent - without a joystick or mouse.

While most gamers won't be saying goodbye to their joysticks any time soon, these neurotainment technologies will surely pump up the extremely cool factor of cutting edge game experiences.

Comments (3) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Neurosociety


1. Robert Argyros on June 6, 2007 2:12 PM writes...

They should focus on education and personal development project using this tech.

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2. Joel Master Nava on June 8, 2007 10:24 AM writes...

They should focus Mo Money!! duh!! I would try to make money and let someone else mess with the details, details, details.

Of course I do speak from the heart too..

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3. Dr. Sunny Sandhu on July 13, 2007 2:01 AM writes...

this is the best thing that can come out for hardcore gamers like me, just the idea that i dont have to no longer punch the keypads or use josticks and just flow into the game environment, just by thingking, i am waiting to get my hands on this technology. I am pretty sure this along with games becoming more real, and developmetn of haptics will just blow our reality offcore...
i would love to be a part of this revolution..

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